The official word: Ohio NBC affiliated stations have partnered to present the first televised statewide debate
of Issue 2, the referendum on Senate Bill 5. The debate will be broadcast from Columbus,
Ohio on Tuesday, October 25 from 7 p.m. to8 p.m. It will be carried live on WKYC Cleveland, WCMH Columbus, WLWT Cincinnati, WDTN Dayton, WLIO Lima, WNWO Toledo, WTOV Wheeling/Steubenville, WFMJ Youngstown, and WHIZ Zanesville. It will also be streamed live on each of the stations’ websites.
Debating Issue 2 will be State Senator Keith Faber of Building a Better Ohio, who will be
defending Issue 2, and Former Ohio Congressman Dennis Eckart of We Are Ohio, which
opposes Issue 2.
Issue 2 is a referendum on Senate Bill 5, a controversial new law that made changes to a
variety of government laws and policies. The bill was signed into law by Governor John
Kasich earlier this year. A “yes” vote would keep the law, a “no” vote would be a vote to
repeal the law.
NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd will moderate the debate. Serving as panelists
for the Ohio NBC stations are WKYC Senior Political Reporter Tom Beres, WCMH Anchor Colleen Marshall, and WLWT Anchor/Reporter Sheree Paolello
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